Widows Creek Fossil Plant
Balancing efficient power production with environmental protection
Electricity is produced at Widows Creek by heating water in boilers to produce steam. Under extremely high pressure, the steam flows into a turbine that spins a generator to make electricity.
Widows Creek units 1 through 6 were idled in 2010 and 2011. Widows Creek units 7 and 8 remain active and have a combined summer net capacity of 974 megawatts. In a typical year, Widows Creek units 7 and 8 generate about 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to supply about 400,000 homes.
Low-cost and cleaner energy
Through 2011, TVA has spent about $5.4 billion on emissions controls at its coal-fired plants to help TVA produce power as cleanly as possible. This includes installation of selective catalytic reduction systems to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at Widows Creek.
In support of recent environmental agreements and its vision of being one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by 2020, TVA will retire the now idled units 1 through 6 at Widows Creek by July 31, 2015.